Communicating social support
Sage Publications, Jul 1, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 317 pages
Albrecht and Adelman address theoretical and methodological issues for understanding the social support process in everyday life. They contend that social support is inextricably linked to communication behaviour and that the logical and empirical link between the two is long overdue.
They present a theoretical overview (including strategies for measuring social support), examine support in specific settings and consider the dilemmas of supportive communication. They also discuss future directions for research and practice.
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While we agree with other authors that support involves actions that function for
the benefit of a receiver, this communication approach lodges those functions as
outcomes of interactions occurring between sources and receivers; interactions ...
TABLE 1.1 Selected Definitions and Functions of Social Support3 Control and
Mastery Self -A cceptance Social Interaction Representative definitions: "any
action or behavior that functions to assist the focal person in meeting his personal
Moreover, these functions are no longer the family's alone. Peers also ... 46)
suggests that "the most important function of social support systems may be to
provide someone to rely on, to listen to, and offer advice about problems and
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